Disturbance breaks after Lincoln immigration removal centre death

Disorder broke out at the Morton Hall immigration removal centre near Lincoln following the death of a man at the facility.

An investigation has been launched after the man, a detainee at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Swinderby, died on Friday, September 5.

Morton Hall is a centre holding male detainees over the age of 18 and is run on behalf of the UK Border Agency.

Reportedly some 300 inmates are without food and refusing to obey orders on Saturday.

Staff at the centre have been withdrawn from the building to a “place of safety” and emergency services attended.

A riot team were also reported to have been in attendance with batons, shields and dogs.

No staff has been seriously injured in the incident.

The situation was resolved by 10pm.

Audio of the telephone conversation with a witness from inside Morton Hall has been released online.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

“Deaths in removal centres are rare but tragic events.

“We take our responsibilities towards detainees’ health and welfare extremely seriously.

“As is the case with any death in detention a full investigation has been launched.”